Shely Propst

She has been lifting weights since she was a kid with her dad in the basement.  She began doing pull-ups from a very young age and always won the pull-up contest in grade school.  Lifting weights has always been something that she has enjoyed and felt she has had control over.  In high school Shely was involved in cross country, basketball and track and in her first 2 years of college she played of basketball.  After college, Shely spent 3 years active duty in the Army as an intelligence officer.  Once her career was over, Shely became a personal trainer at 24Hour Fitness in Colorado Springs, CO in 2006.

The main reason Shely became a personal trainer was because she was told she was basically going to be a therapist.  Over the years she has learned to use physical fitness as a means to help counsel individuals towards not only their physical fitness goals but also other goals that span across someone’s life.

Shely was first introduced to CrossFit in 2009 and received her CrossFit Level 1 in October of the same year.  Her experience includes multiple certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and over six certifications from CrossFit.  Shely has a masters degree in public health with an emphasis in physical activity and nutrition.

Nutrition is also an area Shely is passionate about.  Over the years she has tried multiple diets for the sake of trying them to understand what her members will experience.  Shely also has experience in writing nutrition plans and helping people successfully losing weight.

Overall, Shely’s goal is to help people with fitness and nutrition goals, to make them feel like they are not alone when trying to achieve their goals and to build a physically active community not only in the gym but within the surrounding community of Manhattan, KS.

Kate Whetsel

Kate started out her professional fitness career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in 2012, after recovering from a back injury and then getting in the best shape of her life.  After regaining her strength and mobility, Kate felt inspired to help others get strong, be strong, and stay strong for life.

In 2015, she started CrossFit in Ansbach, Germany to learn how to use kettlebells and lift heavy.  She has been addicted to this style of training ever since because of the positive impact it has on an athlete’s self-confidence, well-being, and inner and outer strength.  The camaraderie and community aspects of CrossFit have kept her hooked, too.  Kate has learned the value of training the whole person, starting with the pink stuff between the ears, and that fitness is never “one-size-fits-all.”  Fitness isn’t just about the body—it’s about a strong mind and a resilient spirit.

Kate’s other education includes a masters in teaching from; additional certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE) in personal training, group fitness and health coach; CrossFit Level 1 CrossFit Kettlebell Specialty Course; StrongFirst Kettlebell Course; TRX Force Strength Levls 1 & 2.  Kate also has her own online personal training she offers worldwide.

Jason McCurry

Alyssa White

Alyssa was first introduced to fitness through her parents because they woke her get up in the early morning to do fun PT challenges.  She was also involved in  multiple sports in high school to include softball, track, cross country, soccer, and tennis.  During her senior year of high school she ran her first marathon

Alyssa spent 5.5 years in the Army as a Logistics officer.  During her time in the Army Alyssa led PT and and also found CrossFit in 2013.  She quickly fell in love with CrossFit and received her Level 1 in the summer of 2017.   Alyssa implemented Warrior WOD competitions into her Army units and integrated the CrossFit Level 1 Certification into leader’s professional development.  She hosted Fort Riley’s Big Red One’s Fittest Soldier Competition and Strongest Soldier Competition before resigning from the Army this past fall.

In addition to her long life of being physically active, Alyssa has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics  Her next step is to get an internship to become a Registered Dietitian.  Overall, she has always had a passion for empowering individuals and bringing groups together through high intensity workouts.  She loves to see that initial spark when people make progress and then watch their confidence grow not only in fitness but also in other areas of their lives.

Michelle Rossignol-Williams

As a fitness professional, Michelle had had her hands in many different facets of fitness. She began teaching yoga in 2003 and from there taught a wide variety of group exercise classes to include boot camps, Zumba, cycling, rowing, ballroom dance, barre, TRX, and HIIT.

In 2005, Michelle became a personal trainer and has been coaching CrossFit since 2013.  Most recently, she completed her Level 2 CrossFit Trainers certification and is currently finishing her bachelor of science in kinesiology and physiology and Kansas State University with the intent to graduate in the Fall of 2018.

Michelle loves to coach because she has learned to share her own personal experiences and knowledge with other people who are struggling with very similar issues.  She is also motivated by setbacks because they give her the opportunity to learn and rebuild herself.  Michelle believes that these struggles are what makes an individual stronger.  Watching other people push past their limitations and achieving their fitness goals drives Michelle as a coach.

Jaquelyn Molina

Ryan Propst

Rising Strong Fitness. Home of Get Mean Crossfit.
608 Pottawatomie, Manhattan KS 66502